TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - "You have cancer." To an estimated 500*
Canadians a day, their family, friends and caregivers, these three
words change lives. To help Canadians manage through a cancer
diagnosis, Eli Lilly Canada is launching Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada, an art competition that honours the physical and emotional journeys
Canadians face when dealing with cancer.
"A cancer diagnosis can be just as emotional as it is physical," says
Dr. Joan Bottorff from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial
Oncology. "It's so important to provide opportunities for people who
have been touched by cancer to share their feelings. It can really make
a meaningful difference in someone's ability to understand and deal
with the realities of a cancer diagnosis."
Individuals who are, or have been diagnosed, with any type of cancer —
as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers
— are invited to express the life-affirming changes that give their
cancer journeys meaning through art and narrative. The deadline for
entries is September 30, 2014. Additional information about the
competition, including how to enter, can be found at www.lillyocc.com.
"Cancer survivors and those close to them have powerful stories to
tell," says Jackie Manthorne, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer
Survivor Network. "We're thrilled to be part of an initiative that can
bring inspiration and understanding to so many through the power of
The Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada art competition is presented by Lilly Canada's Oncology team, the
Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) and the Canadian
Cancer Survivors Network (CCSN). Oncology On Canvas was launched in 2004 by Lilly Oncology to help those affected by cancer
cope with the emotional side of the disease. Winners' prizes consist of
donations made to the cancer charities of their choice.
"In the United States, this competition has been helping people living
with cancer and their supporters for ten years," says Nathan Hubbard,
Eli Lilly Canada Oncology Business Unit lead. "We're excited to bring
this competition to Canada for the first time and provide an
opportunity for Canadians to share their journeys and draw from others
who share their stories with us."
Entries will be shared online at www.lillyocc.com as well as on Twitter and Pinterest.
About the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada Art Competition
The Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada art competition is open to residents of Canada who have reached the age
of majority in their province or territory of residence as of September
30, 2014. Entrants must select the category that best describes their
cancer journey - person diagnosed with cancer; family member, friend or
caregiver; and healthcare professional - and the type of original
artwork they are submitting: painting (acrylic, watercolor, oil,
pastel), photography, or mixed media (a combination of two or more
media). Artwork must be accompanied by a narrative of 125 words or
Winners in 15 categories will be chosen by an independent panel of
judges selected by CAPO and CCSN. Prizes consist of donations to
cancer-related charities selected by the winners, ranging from $250 to
For further information about Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada visit www.lillyocc.com. You may also call 416-515-7517 ext. 350 or e-mail email@example.com.
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About the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology
The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is a national
registered charity that promotes excellence in psychosocial care for
people with cancer and their families throughout the cancer
experience—from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship or end of life.
CAPO works to transform cancer care wherever it is delivered—in
hospital, in the community and in hospices.
CAPO is dedicated to empowering health care professionals to transform
the cancer experience and improve the quality of life for millions of
Canadians living with cancer through understanding, treatment and study
of the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and quality-of-life
aspects of cancer. Visit www.capo.ca for more information.
About the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) works to connect patients,
survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision makers and the
wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based
best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and
social costs of cancer and encourage research on ways to overcome
barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in
Canada.Visit www.survivornet.ca for more information.
About Lilly Oncology
For more than five decades, Lilly Oncology, a division of Eli Lilly and
Company, has been dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that
improve the care of people living with cancer. Because no two cancer
patients are alike, Lilly Oncology is committed to developing novel
About Eli Lilly Canada
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research
from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with
eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis,
Indiana, Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information -
for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Eli Lilly Canada,
headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, employs more than 500 people across
the country. Additional information about Eli Lilly Canada can be found
* 2013 figure from taken from: Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2013.
Canadian Cancer Society. Available at http://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/cancer%20information/cancer%20101/Canadian%20cancer%20statistics/canadian-cancer-statistics-2013-EN.pdf. Accessed March 20, 2014.
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SOURCE: Eli Lilly Canada
For further information:
Jennifer Fleming (Lilly)
Phone: (416) 694-3221
April Gibson (Thornley Fallis)
Phone: 416-515-7517 x.323